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Make It! Vancouver
December 8 to 11 at PNE Forum
With less than three weeks until Christmas, the mad dash to get your presents purchased and neatly wrapped under the tree is on. And if you’re looking to avoid a migraine-inducing trip to the mall, Make It! Vancouver should be your first stop. The biannual market’s holiday edition boasts over 265 vendors, earning it the title of Make It’s largest market yet. Among the goods available will be ecofriendly felted mitts by A Warm Pair, plant-packed greeting cards from Gift-a-Green, cozy nesting bowls by Feltcandy, and many other made-in-Vancouver wares.
Twenty One Tonnes x Kaya Kaya holiday pop-up shop
December 9 to 11 at Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main Street)
If you’re shopping for a homebody or someone who simply enjoys the luxe things in life, Little Mountain Shop’s newest pop-up is the place for you. Vancouver-based online retailer Twenty One Tonnes is teaming up with Japanese ceramics shop Kaya Kaya to offer a selection of handmade home objects with international flair. Check out Twenty One Tonnes’s hand-spun cotton towels from Ethiopia, the cozy French lanterns, and—our favourite—the ridiculously chic leather babouche slippers crafted in Morocco. Kaya Kaya, meanwhile, will have an assortment of traditional and contemporary tableware on offer.
For more information about the pop-up, including full hours, click here.
The 731st annual holiday studio sale
December 10 at 1654 Franklin Street
A bevy of artists are opening the doors to their East Vancouver studios this Saturday, where you’ll find an eclectic array of handmade goods on sale. Expect playful prints, pillow covers, and pins by Banquet Atelier & Workshop, vintage and pre-loved fashion from Mountain Girl Goods, and cheeky tableware pieces by ceramists Maggie Boyd, Julia Chirka, Steven Brekelmans, and plenty more—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Refreshments will be provided and, in the spirit of giving, the studio will also be collecting warm clothing items and toiletries to distribute to residents of the Downtown Eastside.
For more information about the event, including the full list of vendors, click here.
December 10 to 11 at the Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way)
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair, celebrates its 10th anniversary on the North Shore this weekend with more than 85 local makers, artisans, and designers. Browse custom hand-stamped jewellery by Amara Blue Designs, classy men’s ties and bowties from Benjamin Bayle Company and Belvedere Gents, stained-glass terrariums by Glimpse Glass, and tons more. Local arts and craft shop Collage Collage will also be offering DIY classes onsite, where attendees may craft their own painted pencil block to bring home. Arrive early: the first 50 shoppers through the door will nab a Got Craft? swag bag loaded with goodies from local vendors.
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy
December 10 to 11 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)
Clearly, there is no shortage of craft fairs taking place in Vancouver this weekend. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, one of the city’s longest running markets, returns to Mount Pleasant for its 13th run and will be showcasing works from various up-and-coming artists. Shop a range of festive and everyday goods, including one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings by Frances Felt, hand-dyed yoga and loungewear from Daub + Design, and leather accessories by AW by Andrea Wong. For the home, you’ll find mesmerizing tableware by ceramists such as Cathy Terepocki, Haejin Lee, and Karolina-Anna Hajna.
Admission is $3 at the door. For more information about the event, including full hours, click here.